AFI's 10 Top 10

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2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

AFI's 10 Top 10 honors the ten greatest US films in ten classic film genres. Presented by the American Film Institute (AFI), the lists were unveiled on a television special broadcast by CBS on June 17, 2008. In the special, various actors and directors, among them Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, and Jane Fonda, discussed their admiration for and personal contributions to the films cited.

The entire list of 500 nominated films is available on the American Film Institute website.

Animation[edit]

AFI defines "animated" as a genre in which the film's images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors.

# Film Year
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
2 Pinocchio 1940
3 Bambi 1942
4 The Lion King 1994
5 Fantasia 1940
6 Toy Story 1995
7 Beauty and the Beast 1991
8 Shrek 2001
9 Cinderella 1950
10 Finding Nemo 2003

Fantasy[edit]

AFI defines "fantasy" as a genre in which live-action characters inhabit imagined settings and/or experience situations that transcend the rules of the natural world.

# Film Year
1 The Wizard of Oz 1939
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
3 It's a Wonderful Life 1946
4 King Kong 1933
5 Miracle on 34th Street 1947
6 Field of Dreams 1989
7 Harvey 1950
8 Groundhog Day 1993
9 The Thief of Bagdad 1924
10 Big 1988

Gangster[edit]

AFI defines the "Gangster film" as a genre that centers on organized crime or maverick criminals in a 20th-century setting.

# Film Year
1 The Godfather 1972
2 Goodfellas 1990
3 The Godfather Part II 1974
4 White Heat 1949
5 Bonnie and Clyde 1967
6 Scarface 1932
7 Pulp Fiction 1994
8 The Public Enemy 1931
9 Little Caesar 1931
10 Scarface 1983

Science fiction[edit]

AFI defines "science fiction" as a genre that marries a scientific or technological premise with imaginative speculation.

# Film Year
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
2 Star Wars 1977
3 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
4 A Clockwork Orange 1971
5 The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951
6 Blade Runner 1982
7 Alien 1979
8 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
9 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
10 Back to the Future 1985

Western[edit]

AFI defines "western" as a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier.

# Film Year
1 The Searchers 1956
2 High Noon 1952
3 Shane 1953
4 Unforgiven 1992
5 Red River 1948
6 The Wild Bunch 1969
7 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
8 McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971
9 Stagecoach 1939
10 Cat Ballou 1965

Sports[edit]

AFI defines "sports" as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition.

# Film Year
1 Raging Bull 1980
2 Rocky 1976
3 The Pride of the Yankees 1942
4 Hoosiers 1986
5 Bull Durham 1988
6 The Hustler 1961
7 Caddyshack 1980
8 Breaking Away 1979
9 National Velvet 1944
10 Jerry Maguire 1996

Mystery[edit]

AFI defines "mystery" as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime.

# Film Year
1 Vertigo 1958
2 Chinatown 1974
3 Rear Window 1954
4 Laura 1944
5 The Third Man 1949
6 The Maltese Falcon 1941
7 North by Northwest 1959
8 Blue Velvet 1986
9 Dial M for Murder 1954
10 The Usual Suspects 1995

Romantic comedy[edit]

AFI defines "romantic comedy" as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.

# Film Year
1 City Lights 1931
2 Annie Hall 1977
3 It Happened One Night 1934
4 Roman Holiday 1953
5 The Philadelphia Story 1940
6 When Harry Met Sally... 1989
7 Adam's Rib 1949
8 Moonstruck 1987
9 Harold and Maude 1971
10 Sleepless in Seattle 1993

Courtroom drama[edit]

AFI defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative.

# Film Year
1 To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
2 12 Angry Men 1957
3 Kramer vs. Kramer 1979
4 The Verdict 1982
5 A Few Good Men 1992
6 Witness for the Prosecution 1957
7 Anatomy of a Murder 1959
8 In Cold Blood 1967
9 A Cry in the Dark 1988
10 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

Epic[edit]

AFI defines "epic" as a genre of large-scale films set in a cinematic interpretation of the past.

# Film Year
1 Lawrence of Arabia 1962
2 Ben-Hur 1959
3 Schindler's List 1993
4 Gone with the Wind 1939
5 Spartacus 1960
6 Titanic 1997
7 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930
8 Saving Private Ryan 1998
9 Reds 1981
10 The Ten Commandments 1956

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